Cork allocated almost €2.8m in funding to turn 179 vacant units into homes – Buttimer

Tuesday, 8th July 2014

  • €2.8 million to renovate vacant units across Cork City and County will create homes for 179 families.
  • Cork City Council is to be allocated more than €1.5 million in Government funding to turn 92 vacant units across the city into homes
  • Cork County Council is to receive almost €1.2 million to refurbish 87 housing units.
  • Nationally €15 million has been allocated nationally to bring 1,008 vacant local authority units into use. 

Refurbishing vacant houses so that they can again be used as homes is fundamental to meeting demands for social housing. In recent years a high number of local authority homes in Cork have been left vacant and boarded up, which is a complete waste. This funding will help turn vacant units back into homes for 179 families.

The Government is allocating €1,585,000 to Cork City Council, which will allow work to be carried out on 92 vacant properties, so they can be brought back into use. Cork County Council will receive €1,181,000 which will turn 87 vacant units into homes.

Less than three months ago the Government announced €1,280,000 to help City Council renovate 94 houses.  At that time almost €1 million was allocated to Cork County Council to refurbish 68 units.  This represents significant investment to help tackle the housing waiting lists.

It has been reported that there were 520 vacant units across Cork City, taking both rounds of funding into account, funding has been provided to renovate 186 units.  This will return 35% of all vacant units back into family homes.

So far this year, €30 million has been invested nationally on the refurbishment of vacant local authority houses. This programme will increase our social housing supply quickly and I hope that both City and County Councils can use this funding as soon as possible to deliver homes for 341 families.

Not only will this funding provide homes for families it will also create much needed jobs.  I am pleased that Councils are being encouraged to use community based organisations who recruit, train and engage long-term unemployed people for the refurbishment programme.

Posted under Carrigaline, Cork, Cork City, Douglas, Environment

Parliamentary Question: School Establishment.

Parliamentary Question for Minister for Education (Ruairi Quinn TD)

For WRITTEN ANSWER on 30/04/2013

To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the progress being made on developing new schools in the Cork city, Douglas and Carrigaline areas; if Rochestown will be considered as a possible location for a new secondary school in view of the increase in population in the area; and if he will make a statement on the matter.


Three new post-primary schools are planned for the Cork South Suburbs/Carrigaline school feeder areas (Douglas and Rochestown are included in the South Suburbs area). The first of these is a Gaelcholáiste that will commence operation in September 2015 under the patronage of the Cork Education and Training Board. The other two are English medium schools which are scheduled to open in 2016, one under the patronage of the Edmund Rice Schools Trust and one under the patronage of Educate Together. The site for the Gaelcholáiste has already been identified in Carrigaline.

Officials from my Department will be working with the local authority to identify sites for the remaining two schools. The location of the schools will be dependent on site availability and suitability.

Posted under Carrigaline, Cork City, Douglas, Education, Parliamentary Questions

Buttimer: Taking Care of Business seminar an opportunity for Cork enterprises

21 March 2014

  • ‘Taking Care of Business’ event, Tuesday April 1, Silversprings Hotel from 8.30am to 2.30pm.
  • 25 Government agencies will be available offering advice on how small businesses can access supports. 

Taking Care of Business Logo and TaglineThe ‘Taking Care of Business’ event on April 1st is great opportunity for entrepreneurs and business people in Cork to find out about the supports that are available to them and how they can access the resources to help them grow their business.  This free half day event brings together 25 Government agencies including Enterprise Ireland, the Revenue Commissioners, Microfinance Ireland and the Office of Government Procurement. Each will present information on the supports available to entrepreneurs, and representatives will also be on hand to answer any questions.

Small and medium enterprises are the driving force that can lead the regeneration of our domestic economy.  In terms of job creation the growth of SMEs is vital; two out of every three new jobs created come from start-up businesses in the first five years of their existence, so it’s really important that we fully support new businesses and help them to get off the ground.

The Government is acutely aware of the hugely important role small businesses play in creating employment in the local community and has put in place many supports to help entrepreneurs. However when someone is busy growing and running their business they may not have the time to find about these supports. Some of the supports that are available include a series of schemes to help small businesses and start-ups to gain access to credit. The ‘Taking Care of Business’ event is an opportunity for business people to find out about the full range of supports in one easily accessible location.

Communicating with businesses and listening to their concerns are an important part of making sure that the supports that have been put in place are being utilised and are having the desired impact.  The interaction between State agencies and businesses at events like this is an important part of that process of communication and mutual understanding.

This is a great opportunity for Cork enterprises to get direct advice about what is on offer to help them to continue to expand and create employment. I encourage all people involved in SMEs in Cork to go along to the event and see what supports are available that might be of help to their business.

Posted under Carrigaline, Cork, Cork City, Douglas, Economic, Jobs Enterprise & Innovation, National Work